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Which Concrete Additives Are Right for Your Project?

Part of what makes concrete such an attractive building material is its adaptability. No matter what kind of project you have in mind, you’ll find that there are certain types of concrete and concrete additives that can make your project a success. Of course, navigating all the different kinds of additives is a tricky proposition for the layperson, which is why it’s a good idea to turn to professional concrete suppliers in San Francisco. Here’s a quick look at some common concrete additives. concrete - project

Water Reducers

As the name suggests, water-reducing additives are designed to reduce the amount of moisture present in a given mixture. It’s a good idea to add a water reducer if you’re looking to make your concrete project as eco-friendly as possible, as they are designed to reduce the concrete’s carbon dioxide emissions.


Reinforcing Fibers

If you expect your concrete to see heavy foot traffic, vehicle traffic, or other types of sustained stress, it’s a good idea to ask your concrete contractor about reinforcing fibers. As you might expect, reinforcing fibers are added to the concrete in order to bolster its strength, helping it maintain its integrity in the face of enormous pressure.

Accelerants

There are times when it’s important for concrete to dry more quickly than it would under normal conditions. For instance, concrete tends to dry slowly in cold conditions, potentially compromising the final product. Your concrete contractor can identify when a concrete accelerant is necessary and provide recommendations as to which one will achieve the greatest result.

Retardants

Just as there are conditions that slow down the rate of concrete setting, so are there conditions that speed up the setting process—hot weather, for example. Under these conditions, it’s often a good idea to slow the setting process with a retardant, which will help prevent cracking and result in a more durable final product.

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